This section of the Archdiocesan website includes eight components. Please click on the relevant words to access the page of interest.
Building a New Culture: Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment
The Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has just released a new pastoral letter, Building a New Culture: Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment. The document offers an outline of eight central themes found in Church teaching on the environment and is designed to serve as a guide for discussion, reflection, and decision-making on the very real environmental problems we face today. Full information is available on the CCCB website.
Excerpts on each of the eight themes and the conclusion will be provided on the Archdiocese of Ottawa website over the coming weeks. These brief texts are designed for publication in parish bulletins and can provide themes for homilies.
The suggestion for the first parish bulletin entry is as follows:
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP – MADE IN GOD’S IMAGE
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has just released a new pastoral letter, Building a New Culture: Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment. The first of eight themes is “human beings are creatures made in God’s image.” Human beings are part of the natural world, yet simultaneously transcend it. There are two key elements: (1) human beings are creatures, i.e., we are not God. We are therefore not to act with god-like dominion over the rest of creation, but rather to recognize that creation comes to us as a gift from our Creator. (2) Unique among creatures, we are created in God’s image, and therefore bear an inestimable dignity.
ADVOCACY – ACTION – PRAYER
Christian people when giving thanks to God through the Eucharist, should be conscious that they do so in the name of all creation, aspiring to the sanctification of the world and working intensely to that end.
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: STOP, THINK, AND THEN ACT